If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you might be tempted to find your own solution through a big box retail store or even online. But doing so can do more harm than good; your best bet is to seek the help of a trained audiologist to come up with an appropriate and effective treatment plan for your hearing impairment.
What Audiologist Specialize in
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who have been specially trained in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders in adults and children. To become an audiologist, an individual must earn a master’s or doctoral degree (the current standard is a Doctor of Audiology or Au.D.) from an accredited university, complete an internship, pass a national competency examination and earn a license to practice in the state in which they reside.
Audiologists possess many specialized skills and perform a variety of duties including hearing testing, prescribing and fitting hearing aids, assisting in cochlear implant programs, performing hearing-related surgical monitoring, designing and implementing hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screenings and providing aural rehabilitation training such as auditory training, speech reading and listening skills improvement.
While hearing aid specialists may offer a large selection of competitively priced devices, they typically provide little or no follow-up care and do not possess the skills needed to properly diagnose and treat hearing loss. An audiologist is uniquely qualified to provide the most thorough care when it comes to treating hearing loss in patients of all ages.